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Around 4 weeks ago my budgie started to shake his head violently like there was something stuck in his throat. One morning he also had vomited what appeared to be fluid. You could also hear him almost chew on the fluid in his throat. I tried getting an appointment with an avian vet but they were all booked so I took him to a generic animal vet. They diagnosed that he had pneumonia and prescribed antibiotics / amoxi for him to take twice a day for a week. The violent movements went away and he appeared to be doing much better. I honestly thought he had made a full recovery. But over the last 2 days he started puffing his feathers up again and the the head bobbing is back. The amoxi did seem to make him feel better but I'm not sure If maybe I cut the treatment off too early or wasn't actually the correct diagnosis. I was able to get an appointment with an exotic / avian bird vet tomorrow morning. What specifically should I ask them to test for and has anyone on here had a budgie with similar symptoms?

Here is what the previous vet prescribed

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And here is a video of what the head bobbing looks like

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There can be many reasons why a bird will vomit. First, the vet you are going to tomorrow should do a through physical exam, often they see things differently than we do and may notice something that is not quite right. In addition I would ask about doing a crop/throat swab and a gram stain test on a fresh dropping and make sure the vet listens to the breathing. If nothing can be discovered by these tests blood work may be in order but it would not be unusual if the vet first wanted to try a different medicine. How did the first vet make the diagnosis, was it just an observation or were there tests run? Did you give the medicine for the prescribed length of time? Make sure you take the medicine you have been giving with you so the new vet can see exactly what was prescribed.
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There can be many reasons why a bird will vomit. First, the vet you are going to tomorrow should do a through physical exam, often they see things differently than we do and may notice something that is not quite right. In addition I would ask about doing a crop/throat swab and a gram stain test on a fresh dropping and make sure the vet listens to the breathing. If nothing can be discovered by these tests blood work may be in order but it would not be unusual if the vet first wanted to try a different medicine. How did the first vet make the diagnosis, was it just an observation or were there tests run? Did you give the medicine for the prescribed length of time? Make sure you take the medicine you have been giving with you so the new vet can see exactly what was prescribed.
She did check his breathing but she wasn't an avian vet. Her diagnosis of pneumonia I'm pretty sure was observational and no tests were done. The Amoxi antibiotic was prescribed to take twice a day for one week then check back with her. I took my budgie to the vet on a Tuesday and he stayed the first couple of days with her and definitely got better. The violent head shaking stopped and he was more energetic. I picked him up on a Friday then continued to give him the amoxi antibiotic till the next Wednesday at home. At that point he seemed to have made a full recovery. Hopefully the avian vet I take him to tomorrow can do testing. I'm starting to think maybe its a fungal respiratory tract infection or GI tract infection. I don't blame the generic vet and I'm grateful she was able to treat my budgie on such short notice. He definitely seemed to get healthier based on what she prescribed. The antibiotic dissolved after around 2 weeks so I threw it out but I have the link to the picture of what it was in this post and I will definitely show
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When an Avian Vet does a full exam it should include what is described in the link below:

Avian Physical Exam

Here is an article describing different tests Avian Vets may use:

Understanding Avian Laboratory Tests

I'm glad you will be taking your little one to an Avian Vet and wish him a full and speedy recovery!

Please be sure to let us know how things progress.

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Be sure to tell the new vet the length of time you actually gave the antibiotic. Please keep us posted.
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